Florida Marriage Amendment on ballot in November

In addition to voting for a new president this November, Floridians also will vote on whether or not to amend their constitution to make sure that no gay unions are recognized as marriage OR the substantial equivalent thereof (whatever “substantial equivalent” means).

Why do I care? Well, as we’ve seen in the last two presidential elections, in which every vote truly counted, Florida is an important swing state. A past strategy of the Republican party has been to put such amendments on the ballots of states like Arkansas during an election year in an effort to flush fearful folks out of their house and into the polling booth. These are typically the same folks who are most likely to vote Republican, at least Huck-ish Republican.

Needless to say, I’d prefer to see Florida swing the other way, but it will be more difficult for that to happen now that the ballot is junked up with bigoted crap like a marriage amendment. I guess whether or not gay marriage is still a wedge issue remains to be seen.

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6 Comments on “Florida Marriage Amendment on ballot in November”

  1. Charlotte Says:

    Marriage is a basic civil right. For the truth about gay marriage check out our trailer. Produced to educate & defuse the controversy it has a way of opening closed minds & provides some sanity on the issue: http://www.OUTTAKEonline.com The truth will set them free…

  2. Citizen D Says:

    Even having been in it and around it my whole life, I never ceased to be amazed that some people subscribe to a world view that is so closed minded as to believe that everything they believe is correct to the exclusion of all others. It’s sad, really.

  3. annabel Says:

    did you hear ny just decided it would recognize same-sex marriages which occurred elsewhere (canada, for example)? quite rightly, they (whoever, i can’t remember) pointed out this is not a new law. all kinds of marriages are recognized already– like, if you move here from another country or state, you don’t have to get married all over again. if you’re married, you’re married. a step in the right direction…

  4. Troy Says:

    I have been watching the NY story develop Annabel and will probably blog on it (and Oregon, which just decided to offer dp benefits (another big step). In NY’s case I’m kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop. The highest court in that state did rule a couple of years ago that it was not unconstitutional to deny marriage rights for gay folks. I keep waiting for the far right wackos (and NY hast them, too) to try pushing a marriage amendment through. Still, big news even if it is only for now.

  5. annabel Says:

    oh yeah, we have PLENTY of those wackos. syracuse (where i live) is actually a really conservative city, despite it’s urban-ness and new york-ness.

  6. Ben Abbott Says:

    All Floridians should be aware that same-gender unions are already stricken in Florida.

    This proposal attempts to bar priviledges to domestic partners that are granted married couples … without regard to gender.

    This means custody of children, inheritance, etc.

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